Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Barcelona City Council
  • Landscapes of Barcelona

    • Open to the public: from May 29th to September 2014
    • Curator: Claustre Rafart
    • Venue: galleries A of the collection
    • Organisation and production: Museu Picasso, Barcelona
    • The collections of the Museu Picasso are rich in terms of the early work of the artist. In the corpus of paintings and drawings that make up these years, there is a series dedicated to the seafront and urban space of the city of Barcelona. These spaces continue present in works of the permanent collection until 1917. They are the landscapes of Barcelona, the look of a young person learning to be an artist, and who would become the artist of reference of the 20th century.
    • Picasso arrived in Barcelona with his family in 1895. He would live in the city until April 1904 when he settled down definitively in Paris. In this transcendental period of his life, the artist discovered a modern city that was opening up to Europe, and in which the old remains would last as a sign of the times: the city is a living organism, mutant. Although it is true that certain architectural references would remain fixed for centuries, there are other elements, on the other hand, that would be modified (with greater or lesser success) or would disappear for various reasons. Between 1895 and 1903 Barcelona was the focus of Picasso’s attention. The seafront and urban space were the protagonists of a relevant series of paintings and drawings that show the Barcelona of the time.
    • Most of the landscapes of Barcelona by Picasso have their epicentre on the seafront and in the old quarter. They bear witness to a time and a space. They are the heartbeat of a city that was projecting itself at an international level (the Universal Exposition of 1888) as a bourgeois and industrial society, with a strong social convulsion, and with urban reforms that were transforming it. These landscapes confirm the creative evolution of Picasso, the thread that leads us from his learning period to his links with the Catalan artistic avant-garde, and to the consolidation of his first personal style. Subsequently, in 1917, he presented Barcelona with one of its icons, the monument to Columbus, with a brimming artistic fusion.
    • In the drawings and paintings of Picasso we can find well-known spaces such as: the dome of the church of la Mercè; the poly-lobed arches of the cloister of Sant Pau del Camp from the 12th century; the Gothic buttress near the pond of the cloister of the cathedral; spaces such as the Ciutadella Park and views of the beach of the Barceloneta with the factories of Poble Nou. We also find more or less anonymous places of an elevated Barcelona: the rooftops. All in all, a city in constant debate between the old and the modern. Picasso follows in the footsteps of many artists who, throughout history, have been inspired by the cities in which they live or visit, spend time, etc., to create their urban landscapes.
    • The exhibition brings together paintings and drawings from the permanent collection of the Museu Picasso and photographic documentary collections from various archives of the city.
  • The donation of David Douglas Duncan (2nd part)

    • Open to the public: from October 2nd 2014 to January 11th 2015
    • Curator: Bernardo Laniado-Romero and Malén Gual (curator of the collection)
    • Venue: first floor of the Palau Finestres
    • Organisation and production: Museu Picasso, Barcelona
    • The second of the exhibitions organised with 163 photographs donated to the Museum by the prestigious international photographer, and friend of Pablo and Jacqueline Picasso, David Douglas Duncan. The new proposal will count on a selection of images by this photographer that are a testimonial documentary of the creation process of some of the works which form part of the collection of the Museum. The exhibition will let you enjoy these images that will accompany a selection of the works of the Museum with which they have a tight relation. This pairing will allow the visitors to get to know the creative process of the artist better.
  • Picasso/Dalí, Dalí/Picasso

    • Open to the public: from March 19th 2015 to June 28th 2015
    • Organisation and production: Museu Picasso, Barcelona and Dalí Museum of St. Petersburg (Florida)
      The project, which counts on the collaboration of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation of Figueres
    • On his first trip to Paris, during the spring of 1926, Dalí visited the studio of Picasso and was able to contemplate the works that the artist had prepared for his summer exhibition in the gallery of Paul Rosenberg. When he returned from this trip, Dalí set about working on an important series of paintings that would reflect this artistic encounter and would mark the step towards his artistic maturity.
    • In 1929, both Dalí and Picasso participated in the surrealist project of introducing the creative and disturbing power of the dreamlike images in their works. In 1936, both responded in a simultaneous way to the horrors of the Spanish Civil War with powerful works that reproduced the anguish of the human drama.
    • During the forties, they defined their different political affinities, one towards the left and the other towards the right. Nevertheless, the work of the both the artists would converge in the commitment towards the major art from the past, given that as well as facing their own eagerness for artistic sovereignty, they also confronted themselves with the maximum aspirations of the history of art.
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